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Mornings in Two Pan (Two Pan Series Book 1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  49 reviews
What if everything you know about your family is only half of the truth?

Every small town has its curiosities and conflicts. For Jiggs Woolsey, the most disturbing mystery is the identity of the buried skull he digs up on his Oregon ranch. Warned not to turn it in, he seeks answers about the five generations of his family who’ve previously worked the acres. His father and
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published June 29th 2014 by Morning West Publishing (first published June 28th 2014)
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Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Mornings in Two Pan. I’m not sure what I expected or what I was getting into when I started this 2014 short novel from writer B.K. Froman. And I’m still not sure.

Two Pan Oregon, according to an anecdote told in the novel, was named thus because gold miners back in the day said that you couldn’t get two pans of gold from the area.

My father in law (God rest his soul) used to like watching home improvement shows. This was before HGTV and all the suburban flip or flop reality shows these days. He li

I was, initially, a bit taken aback by the 'second person' pov in the first chapter, but after a couple of pages the words flowed so naturally that I was in that delightful state of no longer 'reading' but 'being' the story. (Go on, you KNOW what I mean there)

The rest of the book is, however in third person, past tense, though the transition is hardly noticeable.

This is an honest and sometimes brutal tale of family and relationships and life and growing old and hardship. The writing is
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: us-rural-crime
I enjoyed reading this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Jiggs Woolsey lives with his father and son . They run a cattle ranch in dry eastern Oregon. Jiggs uncovers a skull on the ranch and is going to notify the Sherriff when his father demands that he do nothing. The mystery part of the book is uncovering whose skull. But the book is more than a mystery. It is about relationships. Both Jiggs and his dad Ox are widowers. They do not get along. Jiggs tries to look after his dad, now in his 80s, ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
In this books we come to know three men (son,father and grandfather). Their dysfunctional relationship is explored as the father attempts to identify human bones he found in a creek bed on their property. Instead of answering questions about the bones, the grandfather reburies them and, in additional to determining the identity of the skeleton, the grandfather's possible role in the events that let to the burial in the creek becomes part of the mystery. At first I did not like any of these men, ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked this book based on the cover! The story is not one I'd typically read. What a treasure. Set in rural eastern Oregon, it is the story of a father and his son. The characters were well developed. I really enjoyed this story.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
The setting and characters in this book were vividly described and interesting (cattle ranchers in Oregon). The plot for me was a bit bland, consisting mainly of sudden revelations at the end. It looks like it's the author's debut, in which case I would say the writing shows excellent potential.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
A strange book with quirky characters. Not my typical read but I liked it. Not sure if I will read the other one in the series but...
It had a good ending, a bit of a shocker too.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jiggs and his father have never seen eye to eye but without any women left to keep them from fighting they just stay apart as much as possible. When Jiggs finds an old skull on his family land his father tells him to let it be. This leads to finding out more about his family than he ever knew.The quirkyness of the charcters in this book add a lighter note to the mystery and family drama. Even the cow has personality. The mystery is the underlying plot of this character driven novel. It is almos ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're like me, when you begin to read a piece of really well crafted fiction, you enjoy the sensation of being transported away into another realm that does not feel fictional in the least. That is how your time spent reading should be, according to my way of thinking and valuing those moments I can carve from my work/life days. This story and this writer did that for me, not unlike "bigger" works like Lonesome Dove. My time spent with this book melded me into another place. Looking forward ...more
Erik Dols
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m being kind in giving it two stars. Utterly boring. Hard to relate to the characters. Very improbable interactions. I pushed myself to finish it so I can read something good. Stay away from this drivel.
Merri Cory
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny and great characters

I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. The characters were funny and quirky and felt you had known them forever. There was enough mystery to keep it interesting. I would definitely read the next book in the series.
J. Feulner
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Well Written, Simple Story

The book is well written, but not a book i would recommend. I didn't enjoy reading about the difficult relationship between the father and son.
Mariette Swart
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A change of pace. A delightful read.
Crystal Hart
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, own
I'm kind of embarrassed it took me almost a full year to read less than 200 pages, but this book just drug on forever! I went ahead and gave it three stars because even though it was slow, I still needed to keep plodding through it to find out what happened.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I admit I started Mornings in Two Pan because of the cover. By the time I finished the book, I vowed to see what other works B.K. Froman were available. You get a good helping of humor in this novel--salted with a stubborn and snide old man, peppered with a mysterious family history--and a nice main course of mystery. I found myself strolling along through the novel until I reached this brilliant passage:

“He left the skull where it lay. It seemed wrong—and creepy—to put it beside him on his pick
Virginia Williams
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mornings in Two PanIf you, as I, downloaded this offering on BookBub solely based on that fascinating cover, you'll be glad to know that the cover perfectly describes the book without saying one word. And if you loved the cover, you'll love this folksy, down home bit of western Americana. Froman didn't just create these characters--they've been so completely fleshed out--she must have been a fly on the wall of this family. Three generations living in a gritty, small town in rural eastern Oregon ...more
Ed Drury
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was raised in rural Oregon so this book rang true for me. I grew up around people who, at their core, were very much like the characters in this book. The authenticity of the setting and characters is 100% spot on. Both are rich, warm, and endearing. The story is basically a character study and good old fashion homespun narrative. An enjoyable read with a bit of tugging at the heart strings of anyone who has lived long enough to see the effect life has on people. Through Jiggs we see a familia ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: farming
Jiggs, Ox and Nap, three unusual names for three generations of the Woolsey family. Three men running a ranch by themselves. The characterization in this story is excellent. I could imagine the moody and gruff Ox, always complaining and correcting anything Jiggs did. Jiggs tried to overlook Ox's constant criticism and tried to do better with his own son, Nap. Nap doesn't say much but he notices everything and he was perfectly in character for a 20's something son.

The story is compelling at first
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is a very well-written story of a not-quite-middle-aged rancher who is attempting to balance the burdens of running his ranch, looking out for his 84-year-old father, and clearing out the emotional baggage he's carried most of his life. His relationship with his cranky-and-sometimes-mean father is precarious at best, and he's striving to be a better father to his 20 year old son than he perceives his father to have been. His father's progressing dementia isn't ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, mystery
I do not find verbal abuse humorous, but there are someother aspects of this story that are humorous. I, for one, never thought that Jigg would ever accomplish anything he sets out to accomplish. Somehow he manages that. This book looked to be an cozy mystery, but it is really about family relationships and family history. There is a mystery, but while the book is about that it is really about Ox and his son Jigg and Jigg and his son Nap. Three generations of men on the Woolsey Ranch in Oregon. ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This a very well told story about the family dynamics between a father, his father and his son. The author does an excellent job of exploring the relationship between the three men, especially the father and grandfather, without being too sentimental or judgemental.

The story also illustrates the issues that people with elderly parents face. As is the case here, we often judge our parents based on a lifetime of experience without recognizing that they may have been very different people in their
Eunice Korczak
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mornings in Two Pan

Mornings in Two Pan is a book to read! It's a mix of down home humor and wisdom. Relationships are defined by love and rock hard friction. Through it all runs a sort of wistful longing for understanding between not just individuals but between generations - a revelation of how much wisdom and knowledge of old folks is lost through death. We simply cannot know what the previous generation experienced. Oh, we may be lucky enough to learn some of the stories, but we'll never real
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the folksy, down-home, sometimes humorous story of a farming family that finds a skull while fixing their fence. The question becomes, what to do about it in this small town that is chock full of family secrets that many think should never be told.

This is the first of three in the Two Pan series. It includes lots of down-home how-tos that will warm your heart and make you wish for the good old days.
Kent Elliott
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My kind of novel.

Froman tells an engaging tale, well written, surprises, and it ends well. It's my kind of book not only for similarities, more because it's different from mine. My two novels are also set in the dry, sparse, eastern two-thirds of a western state with small town ways. Similar setting and long ago event still affecting the people. That intrigued me as I enjoyed the great difference. I'm itching to get started on the second Two Pan.
Heather Render
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was interesting. I was surprised I liked the characters, I really didn't thunk I would at first. I was looking for a quick read over the holiday and found that I was really getting into it. The lives of the characters are such that it could be anyone, not super rich, beautiful people with a generic crisis. The characters have realistic issues that could be put upon anyone. I am looking forward to more of the series.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
A fair, somewhat lighthearted treatment of change, loss, and figuring out that your parents were people before you knew them. I've read better, sure, but this wasn't bad at all. This is the first free kindle book I've read in awhile that wasn't awful. It helped that I've recently been to Eastern Oregon and the Wallowas.

Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Still not sure what genre this story falls into. The 'mystery' was very luke warm. Its sort of like a Western. It was very 'guy' oriented. The plot developed slowly. I stuck with it because the chapter titles were so awesome and the characters were good and every now and then it was just quirky enough to be brilliant, even if the story was down right plodding.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pure Poetry

I rate this tale 5 stars because it takes the reader into a man's thoughts as he interacts with family and his rural cattle ranch and small town physical and social environment, and manages to include beautiful, poetic scenarios without diminishing the story's occasionally painful realism.
Laura Cushing
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A dysfunctional family tale, with three generations of a rancher family in the rural Oregon town of Two Pan. Ox, Jigs, and Nap all have their own stubborn natures and family tragedies in common. When a skull is found on the ranch property it leads to the uncovering of family secrets. A good story about the roots of dysfunction, growing older, and the impact of the past.
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B.K. Froman is an award-winning writer, radio/TV talent, and university educator who now lives outside of Portland Oregon after spending several decades in Oklahoma. Her works continue to capture a thoughtful and sensitive look at people in small towns and as she preserves a small slice of Americana that is quickly fading. The 2013 Clackamas Literary award winner in Short Works, Froman uses wry hu ...more
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